The Armenian National Committee of America is honored to host Armenian American Congresswoman Jackie Kanchelian Speier (D-CA) for a special book signing and discussion about «Undaunted,» her inspiring memoir of the Jonestown massacre and becoming a fearless voice against injustice and inequality.
A descendant of survivors of the Armenian Genocide, Congresswoman Speier has been a powerful advocate for justice for that crime throughout her career in state and federal office. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, Rep. Speier has been a champion of expanded U.S. relations with Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh. In «Undaunted», she discusses the impact of her Armenian heritage growing up and the personal importance of participating in the 2015 Congressional delegation to Yerevan to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
7:00pm — Cocktails
7:30pm — Book presentation followed by Q/A and signing
Copies of «Undaunted» will be available for purchase at the event.
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More about Rep. Jackie Speier's «Undaunted»
In 1978, Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights.
From the formative nightmare that radically molded her perspective and instincts to the devastating personal and professional challenges that would follow, «Undaunted» reveals the perseverance of a determined force in American politics. Deeply rooted in Jackie’s experiences as a widow, a mother, a congresswoman, and a fighter, hers is a story of true resilience, one that will inspire other women to draw strength from adversity in order to do what is right—no matter the challenges ahead.